The Benefits of Wood Veneers – 2021 Update

Wood veneers have long been used throughout history and are renowned for their many benefits. From their durability and versatility to their eco-friendly credentials, the benefits of wood veneers are extensive. Here we explore some of the most popular advantages.

Once the finish of choice amongst discerning interiors aficionados, wood veneers experienced a downturn in popularity for a while, as they were seen as inferior to solid wood. Thankfully this unfounded view has now been overturned, and the wood veneer finish is enjoying a resurgence of popularity.

With so many benefits, it really is no wonder that high end joiners, kitchen designers, interiors experts and selective homeowners are turning to wood veneers for the eye-catching finish they desire.

What are the benefits of wood veneers in 2021?

Here are some of the top reasons so many people are choosing wood veneers in 2021.


Wood veneers are a natural product created from a renewable resource. They are therefore one of the most environmentally friendly interior finishes.

What’s more, veneers can be easily recycled into wood waste, which can be used to make particle board and MDF. Even better, because they are natural, wood veneers are generally non-toxic. When fixed to substrates with VOC-free adhesives, they are completely toxin-free.


When wood veneer is applied to a substrate, it increases the strength of the product. Where extreme temperature and moisture may cause solid wood to crack or swell, natural wood veneer is robust enough to stand up to these conditions with ease.

You will also find that wood veneer is not prone to issues such as warping, splitting, or seasonal movement. Because of this, the lifespan of the product increases, leaving you with a product that will serve you well for years to come.


Low waste

Because wood veneers are thinly sliced rather than cut from a log, no wood is wasted as sawdust. This means that it is possible to glean the highest level of usable product out of a single piece of wood.

Where a log will only produce a few pieces of solid wood furniture, the same log will provide numerous veneer sheets, enough to cover many pieces of furniture.

Aesthetic appeal

Each sheet of wood veneer is an original, because the grain patterns in any two trees are never an exact match. The burrs and crotches, and all the various veneer cutting and veneer matching techniques, even more possibilities for unique design configurations arise. Polish and varnish finishes will also vary the shade from light to dark, helping to achieve uniformity or create distinctive appeal.

All this means that you are truly getting a matchless product when you choose veneers, and for less cost than solid wood.


One of the key benefits of wood veneers is that they are incredibly easy to work with and are a woodworker’s dream. From furniture such as tables and cabinets, to kitchens and bedrooms, and panelling for a multitude of uses, in homes and offices, in churches and venues, in hotels and shops, there is little that won’t lend itself to wood veneers.


Exceptional wood veneers from Read Veneers

Here at Read Veneers, our wood veneers come with Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) chain of custody certification. They are available in a variety of sizes and thicknesses, making them suitable for any project.

If you’d like to discover more about the benefits of wood veneers, why not get in touch with Read Veneers? We work extensively with all types of veneers and would be delighted to discuss your project and suggest some ideas for the perfect finish.